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Beauty for Truth's Sake
Special Purchase (Brazos Press), paperback, 156 pages.
Much of the confusion and meaninglessness of the twenty-first century stems from the fragmentation of knowledge. Our postmodern times cry out for a return to wholeness. Enter Stratford Caldecott! By reclaiming the classic liberal arts and viewing disciplines such as science and mathematics through a poetic lens, the author explains how unity is present within diversity. Ultimately, God is behind all truth.
This book will benefit parents, homeschoolers, lifelong learners, and readers interested in the history of ideas. It is appropriate for Christian college and university students and will play an especially important role in curriculum development.
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"An erudite, compassionate, powerful argument for recovering the deepest dimensions of the liberal arts, for rethinking education as the path to wisdom. Caldecott ranges across a breathtaking array of disciplines as he demonstrates that faith and reason, art and science, are not enemies, but comrades in the search for truth." --Philip Zaleski, editor of the Best Spiritual Writing series and coauthor of Prayer: A History
"This is a book that addresses the soul, mind, spirit, and will. It is an extended meditation on the sources of becoming more human that inevitably relate humanity to God. It is about education, spiritual maturing, and a lifetime vocation of learning. It is a wise book, an inspiring book, a beautiful book." --Ralph McInerny, University of Notre Dame
"This book struck me with the force of a revelation. Stratford Caldecott's thesis--that modern mathematics can recreate a sense of the beauty of cosmic order which would re-orient the educational program and, furthermore, prepare a way for liturgical worship--is to me a very remarkable example of 'thinking outside the box.'" --Aidan Nichols, OP, author of Redeeming Beauty
"Stratford Caldecott provides a remarkable manifesto that restores mystery to its proper place in education. With mystery comes wonder, awe, reverence, beauty, and a sense of discovery. Without these, science and mathematics are sterile, dull, and doomed, and the humanities are impossible. Caldecott has pronounced a blessing for our children and our children's children." --Scott Hahn, St. Vincent Seminary and Franciscan University of Steubenville
"This book offers three kinds of light: the lucidity of participating in the divine simplicity, which substitutes profundity for mere complexity; illumination through the divine light of the Logos that shines as one in both creation and revelation; the scintillation of realizing that this truth can only be approached in love." --Catherine Pickstock, University of Cambridge and Emmanuel College
"This work is likely to become something of a bible for Liberal Arts students. The prose is beautiful and every sentence carefully crafted. Postmodern thinkers will also find that this is an accessible, succinct guide to Christian cosmology." --Tracey Rowland, John Paul II Institute, Melbourne, Australia
Stratford Caldecott (R.I.P. July 17, 2014) was the G. K. Chesterton Research Fellow at St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, and the author of numerous books including The Radiance of Being and Beauty in the Word. He was on the editorial boards of several international journals, including Second Spring and Communio, and frequently wrote and lectured on issues of faith and culture. With his wife Leonie, Caldecott directed The Center for Faith and Culture at Oxford University and the Second Spring Press, the Caldecott family apostolate at Oxford from whence comes the UK edition of Magnificat, among many other praiseworthy endeavors.
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